2 CPI (Maoist) Cadres Killed In Skirmish With Security Forces In Bijapur District

Bijapur District, December 23, 2022: A Divisional Committee-rank cadre of the CPI (Maoist) was among two Maoists killed in an encounter with security forces, including C-60 commandos from neighboring Maharashtra, in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Friday, police said.

“The skirmish took place around 7 a.m. in Tekmeta forest under the Farsegarh police station limits when a joint team of C-60 commandos from neighboring Maharashtra and District Reserve Guard (DRG) from Bijapur was out on an anti-Maoist operation along the inter-State border,” Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

The woman Maoist was identified as Kanthi Lingavva alias Anitha. The 41-year-old rebel was a resident of Laxmi Sagar, PS Kadam in Nirmal of Telangana State. She had worked as DVCM Indravelli AC of KM Divisional Committee and was wife of Mailarappu Adellu alias Bhashkar, Member of Telangana State Committee and Secretary of Kumram Bhim Divisional Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The identity of the other Maoist, a male, gunned down by the security forces was yet to be ascertained.

At least 300 personnel belonging to the Special Operation Squad C-60, and the DRG unit, around 20 in number, had launched the operation along the inter-State border where the national park area committee of Maoists operate, based on specific inputs about the movement of cadres.

When the patrolling team was combing through the deep forest of Tekameta, around 10 km from the Maharashtra border inside Chhattisgarh, a group of armed Maoists opened indiscriminate fire on security personnel, leading to the gun battle, the IG said. The exchange of fire lasted for 45 minutes, following which the Maoists escaped.

During a search of the spot, bodies of two Maoists were recovered along with two Self-Loading Rifles (SLR), a country-made rifle, ammunition and a huge cache of Maoists-related materials.

Besides, a Maoist identified as Lachhmayya Kuchha Weladi (28), a resident of Farsegad area, was apprehended in an injured condition from the encounter site. The injured Maoist has been shifted to a hospital on the Maharashtra side after apprehending him, said Nilotpal, Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and a search operation was still underway in the area, the IG added.

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